Fleet Town have announced the appointment of a new interim First Team management pair to replace Steve Beeks, who resigned last week as Manager of the Dr Martens League, eastern division side.
From October 8, the club's first-team will be under the control of a new high-profile partnership from the worlds of Premiership football and professional county cricket. The new pairing brings together former Saints legend Mark Dennis and Hampshire wicketkeeper, Adrian Aymes to manage the team affairs in a unique set-up.
Dennis, now 40, the former England B international, made over 400 league appearances, chiefly for Southampton, having also played at Birmingham and QPR. He is currently coaching at the Saints Academy in Southampton.
But the new boss will be hoping his team don't pick up bad habits along the way. Dennis is best known around football circles for his poor disciplinary record, including no fewer than 12 red cards in top-flight football.
All-rounder Aymes is best known as a cricketer, and has just finished his 15th season with the Hampshire County Cricket Club. Now 38, Aymes also enjoyed a promising footballing career, playing for Southern League side, Havant & Waterlooville as well as Lymington & New Milton.
Dennis and Aymes will take over the reigns at Fleet following the club's FA Trophy match against Epsom & Ewell next Saturday (October 5).
Until the new management team arrives, responsibility for the first team has been handed to reserve team manager, Neil Roberts and coach Jesse Bone.
According to Club Chairman, Martin Griffiths, the new high-profile appointments reflected the ambitions of the club and its determination to realise its potential in the Southern League.
"Its always disappointing to part with a manager, especially when the club is experiencing difficulties and the first-team is anchored to the wrong end of the league table," Mr Griffiths said.
"Steve has done an excellent job. But the club must move on. Mark and Adrian have agreed to help the club during this time before we make a permanent managerial appointment. Both men have a great deal to offer a club like Fleet Town and I'm sure it will create great opportunites for players at the club," Mr Griffiths added.
Beeks arrived at the Fleet club from near-neighbours, Cove last October, and in his first season led the side to promotion from the Jewson Wessex League.
But, as Beeks revealed, the end of the road came on Thursday when he was told that his playing budget had to be slashed due to finances.
Beeks said: "At the best, the club got its sums wrong, at worst, I've been led up the garden path.
"The budget offered was an average Jewson Wessex League budget, not that of an ambitious Southern League club, which is what I was led to believe.
I am a player's manager and as a point of principle, I felt I had no choice but to leave.
"I had made promises to potential new players I could not keep and I could not stay under those circumstances."